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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

AUTHOR Yong, Ed
PUBLISHER Ecco Press (01/16/2018)
PRODUCT TYPE Paperback (Paperback)

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The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.

Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us--the microbiome--build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.--Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach Trilogy
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ISBN-13: 9780062368607
ISBN-10: 0062368605
Binding: Paperback or Softback (Trade Paperback (Us))
Content Language: English
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Page Count: 368
Carton Quantity: 28
Product Dimensions: 5.90 x 1.10 x 8.90 inches
Weight: 0.90 pound(s)
Feature Codes: Bibliography, Index, Price on Product, Illustrated
Country of Origin: US
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BISAC Categories
Science | Life Sciences - Microbiology
Science | Microbiology
Science | Life Sciences - Biology
Dewey Decimal: 579.17
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"Beautiful, smart, and sometimes shocking" (Wired), I Contain Multitudes lets us peer into the vast world of the microbiome for the first time, allowing us to see how ubiquitous, complex, and vital microbes really are: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, bombard our genomes with their genes, and grant us incredible abilities. This book will change both our view of nature, and our sense of where we belong in it.

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"Beautiful, smart, and sometimes shocking" (Wired), I Contain Multitudes lets us peer into the vast world of the microbiome for the first time, allowing us to see how ubiquitous, complex, and vital microbes really are: they sculpt our organs, defend us from disease, break down our food, bombard our genomes with their genes, and grant us incredible abilities. This book will change both our view of nature, and our sense of where we belong in it.

--Science
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The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.

Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us--the microbiome--build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.--Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach Trilogy
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